This month makes 2 years that I have had nothing but algae problems and of course much frustration.
When I set up this thing (75g) two years ago, I used 100% Eco-Complete.
happen to notice lots of big white chunks and most of the bags were packed in milky liquid. I've heard about the contamination thing, but I figured that the yucky stuff would have worn off by now. Maybe not.
Or maybe the substrate isn't the problem, maybe I just don't know how to have a successful planted tank.
I do keep Co2 quite high and I dose micros and macros, blah blah blah.
This weekend I plan to tear down this mess once and for all.
If it weren't for my beloved fishies, I'd gladly haul it off to the dump and plop a loveseat there instead.
However, I still want to try. (Yes, I do
need my head examined.)
What substrate should I use?
Should I use Flourite?
Can you have a successful planted tank using plain gravel? Do you think Flourite gives you enough advantage to make it worthwhile?
I'm really considering plain gravel, but I really need to hear from you.